If your furry friend enjoys regular playtime in the great outdoors, at some point he’s likely to bring some unwelcome hitchhikers back inside the house with him.
Fleas are the bane of everyone’s existence, and these pesky critters aren’t picky about where they burrow or who they bite. Unfortunately, once they hop off your dog and onto your couch, you’ll have a whole lot of unhappy work ahead of you.
However, there’s no need to endure an intensive and lengthy clean-up job every time a flea eyeballs Fido’s luxurious coat of fur.
Prevention is the key to flea-free existence!
Check out the tips below for some easy home remedies that will make fleas think twice about taking up residence in your home.
Get A Guard Plant
We’ve all heard of guard dogs, but plants can guard against invaders, too! Fleas dislike the scent of lemongrass, rosemary, lemon balm, sage, catnip, basil, lavender, and mint. These plants secrete natural oils that make fleas want to hold their nose and say “ewww!”
To keep fleas away, strategically place these plants on your patio, near doggy doors, and throughout your yard.
It won’t take long for them to tell all their flea friends to avoid your “stinky” yard.
Unleash The Flea-Eaters
Creating an army of flea-eaters is the best way to stop a flea infestation, and nematodes make the perfect garden soldiers! These worm-like organisms keep garden pests like ants, termites, and fleas under control.
Nematodes are normally found in the soil, but they’ll come up for air and munch on a bevy of fleas every chance they get.
If you don’t have any of these squirmy guys hanging out in your soil, you can buy them online or at your local garden center.
Water The Lawn With Garlic
Garlic water sounds like something that belongs in the kitchen, but this culinary oddity is a match made in heaven when it comes to repelling fleas. Fleas are sort of like mini vampires, so it’s no surprise that they tend to shy away from garlic!
To make garlic water:
– 8 heads of unpeeled garlic
– 1 gallon hot water
Place the garlic in a large pot, and pour the hot water on top. Cover, and let it steep for at least 12 hours.
Strain the mixture, and then pour the garlic-infused water into a garden sprayer.
Lightly spritz your garden and lawn with the garlic water. Don’t go overboard, because you don’t want to kill off the beneficial bugs that are hanging around!
DIY Herbal Flea Powder
Flea powders are a great way to repel fleas, but all the commercially available ones are full of chemicals and toxins.
This natural herbal flea powder works just as well, and it won’t harm your pets in the process!
Mix the following in a bowl:
– 1 cup food grade diatomaceous earth
– 1/2 cup neem powder
– 1/2 cup yarrow powder
– 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil (leave this out if you have a kitty)
Store this powder in a shaker-top bottle, which makes it super easy to shake all over your pet’s fur.
When it comes to killing nasty fleas, diatomaceous earth’s claim to fame is actually a double whammy. Not only will its abrasive texture break apart flea eggs, but it will also suck up all the moisture and dry the buggers to death.
Awww, those poor flea babies will never grow up to be ankle-biting adults.
To make extra sure that those little ones never reach adulthood, liberally sprinkle the stuff everywhere! That means on your carpet, pet bedding, the sofa, and especially in the yard.
Be sure to only use food grade diatomaceous earth, which is pretty easy to find online.
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs every single day, which is why getting rid of them can be such a lengthy and arduous process.
Should you find a flea infestation on your pet, don’t panic! Reach for a bottle of apple cider vinegar instead – it’s flea kryptonite!
To start, give your pooch an apple cider bath using 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of water.
You can also put equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz this on your pet’s bedding, and on his fur right before he heads outside.
Apple cider vinegar won’t kill the fleas – they just hate how it smells and tastes. Thankfully, it means that they’ll take a hike as soon as they get a whiff of the stuff!
Watch this video to learn how to make a non-toxic flea powder with baking soda.